James P. McStay, 75, of Bristol and formerly of East Providence passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Cheryl A. (Burke) McStay to whom he was married 47 years.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Hugh and Beatrice (Matthews) McStay. Jim was a Licensed Funeral Director and the owner and operator of the Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence. He also served in the Rhode Island State Legislature as a State Senator representing District 43, East Providence from 1984 to 1996. Jim was very proud of his profession and was dedicated to his career as a funeral director. He was a member of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a member of the East Providence Council 1528, Knights of Columbus and was a diehard New York Yankees fan and a longtime follower of the P.C. Friars. He was an avid sailor and received much enjoyment from sailing his beloved sailboat, “Just Add Water.”
Besides his wife he leaves three children, Michelle M. Doyle of Newtown, CT., Patrick J. McStay and his wife Caitlyn of Norwalk, CT. and Marissa B. Vulakovich and her husband Randy of Pittsburgh, eight grandchildren, Tyler, Riley, Natalie, Emmy, Colin, William, Drew and Nora, two sisters, Mary Anne Plante and Rosalie R. Wotton and two brothers, William B. McStay and Peter F. McStay. He was the brother of the late Richard A. McStay and Patricia H. Tramonti.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to Meals on Wheels, 70 Bath Street, Providence, RI 02908 would be deeply appreciated.